Wednesday, April 16, 2008

My First Walk Across the CONFLUENCE PROJECT (land bridge)

All these photos can be enlarged by CLICKING on them.

Today I decided to investigate the Confluence Project from the Old Apple Tree Park side. (I had tried to find the entrance from the Fort Vancouver side earlier this week to no avail.) I walked under the railroad trestle and into the park site. There was the OLD APPLE TREE . . . in glorious bloom!

I was so excited to finally take my first walk across the bridge. It was perfectly landscaped with plants and trees that were native to the area at the time of the beginnings of Fort Vancouver, later to become Vancouver USA. Each side was properly fenced in because the railroad was beside part of it and Highway 14 went under the bridge. These photos will show you mostly the walking areas as I meandered up and over and across the bridge built for pedestrians. Other people walked in front of me, cars sped past under me and as luck would have it, an Amtrack train passed me before my journey across was over.

To the right of the apple tree was the beginning of the walking bridge. A posted notice said that it would be completed in warmer weather, sometime this summer but one could walk over the bridge now if one chose to do so. I DID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The beginning. . .

I begin my walk on land, heading towards a "gate" that is opened.

Not sure just when this gate will be closed -- maybe during winter snows?

The path starts to curve. . . not sure what the black metal canopy is -- perhaps we are beginning to cross the Highway 14 and it is there to prevent "jumpers?" I don't know yet. . . for sure. Maybe something to do with the historical art displayed on the wall? We will just have to wait and see.

The iron canopy is on the other side now so will have to find out just what it is.

Looking back from where I came. . .

Different angle to get shot of a bench for my other blog "For the love of benches."

You might have to click on this one to see the TRAIN! It came so fast, I had no time to adjust light or anything but you can see the engine of AMTRACK IF you click on photo.

A circular canopy coming up.

Closer view of the circular canopy.

This circular canopy area is called "RIVER."

I turn around and take a photo of the I-5 bridge over the Columbia River.

Many boats were on the river -- probably because the Salmon fishing season has been cut short this year.

The bridge continues with patterned area. I am not sure why part has this pattern to walk on and part is jsut concrete. I will ahve to find out.

Coming to the other circular ironwork -- this one is called LAND.

The trail is bending towards Fort Vancouver and is almost over Hiway 14.

Looking over the railing, I can see Hiway 14.

Looking back at the circular canopy.

A closer view of the circular canopy. . .

A sky view of the canopy. . .

I can see the gate at the other end.

Looking back from the ending iron gate near Fort Vancouver.

The end of the Confluence near Fort Vancouver.

I also enjoyed the signs about the native plants; the photography artwork about our history and the sculptures telling about the bridge between the land and the waterfront.

Walking across the bridge, there were areas that featured LAND and areas that featured WATER -- in art sculptures .

The sign at the beginning promised more was to come before the project was completed this summer so I shall write about it once more LATER. (Tonight the news said it is going to snow at 500 feet tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) If you missed my first posting about this land bridge, you can read up on it earlier blog

I will post a few more photos Saturday. . .

It was amazing and I can hardly wait to walk it again!


Andrée said...

Marvelous post. I wish I could visit. I see that it is open to bikes, too. Urban planners are finally beginning to smarten up and open areas to walkers and bikes that were closed because of highways (the scourge of this nation) and trains. Your descriptions and photos are wonderful.

Dragonstar said...

Wonderfully documented walk Paulie. That's quite a bridge.

Susan said...

Great walk, thanks for taking us along. Found you over at Picture This. Have a great weekend.

Ackworth Born said...

quite fascinating

Love Bears All Things said...

A good walk, thanks for sharing it.
Mama Bear